My last tiny house update was a week ago… and what a busy, surprising week we've had!
Saturday evening I got a phone call. It was Papa the Farmer's sister. “Are you still awake?” she asked. “Because I was wondering if it would be ok for me to open your gate and come on up your driveway.” Yes, Yes, YES! Farm-Aunt had driven through 5 states to come surprise Papa the Farmer and help him build the tiny house!
They sure look alike, don't they? Their personalities are very different, but they can both build just about anything and they are both super excited about building a tiny house for their mother! Papa the Farmer was so surprised to see her! And so relieved to have good help!
The first order of business the next morning to was to make sure the trailer was level so that they could finish building the floor. They pulled out the jacks and levels, checked and rechecked.
Remember that Papa the Farmer used to be a software engineer? Well, the perfectionist inside of him made sure that floor is perfectly, perfectly level.
Next, they laid plywood over the insulation for the subfloor.
We are trying to build this tiny house as quickly and as inexpensively as possible. Papa the Farmer had found enough “extra wood” on clearance to make a really nice wood floor so they cut the boards in half and nailed them directly to the plywood.
It started to rain lightly so they had to keep the floor covered in a tarp as they were laying it down…
But eventually they got the whole floor laid and trimmed the edges.
Next it was time to sand. We sanded and sanded and sanded. Even I got in on the action.
After the sanding they filled the nail holes with putty and then I think they sanded some more. As you can see, it had already gotten dark, but Farm-Aunt could only spend one week here and they were determined to do as much work as humanly possible while she was here.
The goal was to get the floor stained before going to bed…
And they did it! Look how nice the floor looked in the morning!
The next step was to frame in the walls. They built the first wall lying flat on the trailer and then raised it to it's correct position.
Let me tell you, those walls were heavy! We were thankful to have some extra help!
Here's the second wall going up…
When the third wall went up, it really started looking like something! (It didn't really look like a house yet, but at least it started looking like something!)
Here's a view of the inside! We're making progress!
Safety first! A project like this – where the whole family comes together and works really hard to reach our goal – helps the children to learn a great work ethic! One of the things I love about having a family farm is that the children learn so much just from being around their father while we work. Here, FarmBaby is dressing just like Papa the Farmer in all his Safety Gear!
Papa the Farmer and Farm-Aunt worked into the night again, but by the time they went to bed, the fourth wall was up! That is Grandmother's living room that you're peeking into!
The next morning we went outside and had to admire the tiny house! Isn't it looking good? It almost needs its own name. I started to wonder if all 5 of us could live on the back of a flatbed trailer like this… Ok, ok, that might be too tight a squeeze…
No time to waste! Farm-Aunt's visit was coming to an end and we still had to get the roof up!
It took a while, but they got it done!
And here is the finished frame!
When Papa the Farmer saw the draft of this blog post he said, “Wow. You see these blogs where people have built tiny houses and you say, “Oh, that looks so easy,” but there sure is a lot of work that goes into it that you don't see on the blog!”
We hated to have to say Good bye to Farm-Aunt, but her week here was up.
FarmBaby especially loved seeing his aunt! This is the first time we've seen her when he was old enough to play and talk and to remember her. He fell in love with his aunt this week. The next morning he woke up, looked at me very seriously and said, “Take long time Farm-Aunt come back. Me call Farm-Aunt. Me say, “come-back, Farm-Aunt, come back!””
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